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International Development

Getting Serious About Opportunity For All

Justin van Fleet, Ph.D | Posted 12.03.2015 | Education
Justin van Fleet, Ph.D

Young people have shown how hard they are willing to work to claim their right to education. Now we all must work harder to make sure that we target those left behind so that all children and young people everywhere have equal opportunities no matter where they live.

The Global Goals Are An Historic Milestone For The Rights of Persons With Disabilities

Vladimir Cuk | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Vladimir Cuk

As the Executive Director of the International Disability Alliance, the world's largest network of global and regional organizations of persons with disabilities and their families, I have deep hope that the Global Goals have opened doors for us to participate, to make a difference and to be recognized as active contributing members of our global society.

Why the Sustainable Development Goals Matter

Helen Clark | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Helen Clark

If the global community collectively is prepared to step up to the challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, then there's a chance of achieving sustainable development -- and with it better prospects for people and our planet.

Charity Needs a Scientific Revolution and We Can Make it Happen

Joey Savoie | Posted 09.24.2015 | Science
Joey Savoie

Not only is there precious little research on which charitable interventions actually work, but most people in the field, whether donors or workers, aren't seeking it out. Almost everyone involved in philanthropy is thinking with their hearts instead of using their heads to guide their hearts.

My Friends Are Drowning

Abi Fedorovsky | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Abi Fedorovsky

On our last week we drove past the sea. There were currents and waves and people standing on the edge, waist deep in water. Then I found out that I had been that way before, but hadn't recognized it because it wasn't actually the sea. It was fields and land and this was a flood.

Women Are Still Dying: Why MDG 5 Still Matters

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

Today Nepal is proud to be one of the few countries to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 -- one of a series of 15-year global development targets that the United Nations laid out in 2,000 which come due this month.

Why Every Dollar Counts for Global Health

Deborah Derrick | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

Every dollar in the 2016 replenishment will count in the Global Fund's efforts to create a healthy environment, which in turn will serve as a building block for so many other improvements to our society.

Social Entrepreneurs Offer New Thinking on Old Challenges in Early Childhood

Todd Grindal | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Todd Grindal

Breakthroughs in our understanding of the developing brain, converging evidence from program evaluation, and a growing political consensus regarding the unique developmental potential of young children make this an extraordinarily powerful moment for early education policy and practice.

How Trump and Jesus Got Crossways with Refugees

Mark Moore | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Mark Moore

With more refugees on the move on our globe than anytime since WWII, it's getting harder to ignore them. We all know what Donald Trump would do. Send them back! Build a wall. He's made that pretty clear.

The Only Road Out of Africa

Andy Bryant | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Andy Bryant

There is only one road out of Africa, only one road to successful development--meaningful partnership. When I stepped off my rapidly moving machine, I was only then able to see real development take place. Alone we may go fast, but humbly and collectively, we will go far.

The Millennium Development Goals Were Bullsh*t. And That's Okay

Michael Hobbes | Posted 09.10.2015 | Impact
Michael Hobbes

Yes, they were bullshit. And yes, they were probably worthwhile. In other words, the MDGs may -- may -- have been the right development initiative for the world of the late 1990s, but they are increasingly irrelevant to the one we have now.

Who's Your Tribe? The Multiple Hats and Helmets We Wear

Wayne L. Firestone | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion
Wayne L. Firestone

During a respite from a recent international development conference in Mbale, Uganda I had a glimpse of a Jewish story that sounded like a Michael Chabon "What if" plot.

How to Save the Lives of Women and Newborns

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

In a world where there are so many worthwhile targets demanding our attention, we need to focus on those for which we have the best chance of doing the most good. How about saving more than 14 million newborns by 2030?

#AkoSiDaniel Campaign Aims to Empower Children in the Philippines Through Education

Benedict Joson | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Benedict Joson

As another academic year gets into full swing in many countries in the Northern Hemisphere and some parts of the Southern Hemisphere, so too does an education campaign called #AkoSiDaniel in the Philippines.

Revisiting Kenya

Anne Goddard | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Over the last half-century, an area the size of France in the northern part of Africa has become desert. At the same time, increases in population have led to a spike in development, displacing what was once agricultural land.

Redefining the Messiah Complex

Tobias Roberts | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

For those of us who work in the world of faith based non-government organizations (NGOs), we're well accustomed to the snubs and not so subtle criticism of our "secular" NGO peers.

Solve Literacy, Digital Literacy Will Follow

Brij Kothari | Posted 08.28.2015 | Education
Brij Kothari

September 8 is International Literacy Day. Even though Google's recent restructuring has nothing to do with literacy, it is a curious fact that the parent company that Larry Page and Sergey Brin created, is called, Alphabet. As Larry wrote in his blog, speaking for Sergey and himself:

An Economic Case for Investing in Water

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Most of us are lucky enough to take basic sanitation such as running water and flush toilets for granted. But 2.5 billion people -- almost half the developing world -- lack even a basic latrine and 1 billion have to resort to what is politely known as open defecation.

Rwanda's Newest Graduates

Karen Sherman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Karen Sherman

Today is graduation day, a day of fanfare, unfettered dreams and promise. But this is no ordinary graduation. It is The Akilah Institute for Women in Kigali, Rwanda, the only college for women in East Africa.

Why I Still Give to Oxfam

Brad Hurley | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Brad Hurley

When I'm debating whether to buy something I want but don't really need, I sometimes have an imaginary conversation. With an imaginary person. Let's call her Daliya.

Lack of Relations Was the Greatest Poverty: Modi's Promising Visit to the UAE

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Sarah Elzeini

If the United Arab Emirates can maintain strong cooperation with Pakistan, if India can cooperate on counterterrorism efforts with Pakistan despite Kashmir-related tensions, and if countries from the United States to the Arab World can mend relations.

The Unbearable Lightness of Non-Profit Propaganda

Daniela Kon | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Daniela Kon

I became brutally mindful of the BS that clogs up the social change industry, specifically about the lies that we, as content creators, producers, and filmmakers are communicating to the public about the "glorious impacts" that foundations and non-profits have on impoverished communities.

From Aspirations to Reality: How to Effectively Measure the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sheetal Sharma | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Sheetal Sharma

We cannot be conservative in our measurement of progress in the post-2015 agenda. The measurement framework must empower the implementation of the SDGs and improve equity, welfare and environment for all for greatest and most inclusive developmental impact.

What We Can Learn From Women Living in the "Saddest" Country on Earth

Andy Bryant | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Andy Bryant

How did the women of Togo become so isolated, even within Sub-Saharan Africa? I'll provide a bit of history; after all, this might be the first time you are hearing about this small country.

No Tech Solutions for Poverty, Says Former Microsoft Researcher

Amy Costello | Posted 08.17.2015 | Technology
Amy Costello

I founded Tiny Spark four years ago to investigate philanthropy, nonprofits and socially responsible companies. As a former Africa correspondent, I had seen with my own eyes how difficult is it to have lasting impact in places far from where we live and discovered that well-intentioned projects can sometimes cause harm.